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>City intends to recover company's back taxes

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The city assured concerned residents Tuesday it is determined to recover more than $50,000 in long-overdue taxes owed by a company that owns two housing projects on Spruce Street.

"We are working on it," Jeffrey Mis, administrative assistant to Mayor Lawrence V. Soos, said at a Common Council meeting. "The matter is in litigation. The tenants have nothing to worry about."

The city recently received a check for a little over $57,000, about half what is owed by Sheldrake Inc., a downstate company that owns the lower-income housing development.

Mis was responding to concerns expressed by 1st Ward Alderman Dennis Pasiak. Pasiak stressed that Sheldrake shouldn't be allowed to get off the hook, particularly since the city raised water and sewer taxes this year.

In other business, the Council awarded a $36,300 contract to Beau Enterprises of Ransomville to landscape Gateway Harbor. A $14,500 contract was awarded to E.B. Iron Art of Buffalo to install directional signs in the Gateway harbor area.

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>Voters hand duties of tax receiver to clerk

WHEATFIELD -- Residents voted, 700-294, Tuesday to merge the duties of receiver of taxes into the town clerk's office.

The action means the receiver position is eliminated and the town clerk takes over the duties of collecting taxes. Officials have said the move would save $10,000 to 12,000 in the first year and increase the hours that taxes could be paid in Town Hall.

Beginning in January, both deputy town clerks will be deputized and bonded to receive taxes.

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>Conservative Party endorses three

WHEATFIELD -- The Niagara County Conservative Party has awarded its ballot line and endorsement to three local candidates in the Nov. 4 election, Chairman Daniel Weiss announced Tuesday.

Ernest C. Palmer received the Conservative nod for Niagara County sheriff, Arthur Gerbec for Wheatfield town councilman and Russell Jackman II for District 1 coroner. All three are Republicans.

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>Hearing set on plan to alter City Charter

NORTH TONAWANDA -- City voters interested in learning more about the proposed changes to the North Tonawanda City Charter are invited to a public information session Thursday evening.

The city's Charter Review Committee is hosting the event from 7 to 9 p.m. in Gratwick Hose Fire Hall, 110 Ward Road.

There will be five proposed changes in the form of questions on the Nov. 4 ballot. They include a proposal to make the city attorney's position an appointed position rather than an elected one. Another proposal calls for the city clerk and city treasurer positions to be combined.

A second information session will be scheduled in Sweeney Hose Fire Hall at a date yet to be determined.

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